A Plea From America's Scholars: Pass the DREAM Act

Dec 17, 2010, 13:57 ET from Immigration Policy Center

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An impressive list of scholars who have affixed their names to a national sign-on letter in support of the DREAM Act -- a bill to give certain undocumented immigrant youth an opportunity at legal status -- continues to grow. The letter entitled, We Cannot Afford Not to Pass the DREAM Act: A Plea from America's Scholars, currently has nearly 400 signatories from scores of institutions and states across the nation, including all seven ivy league institutions.

With a cloture vote on the DREAM Act scheduled for Saturday morning, these renowned scholars continue their push for action. This letter represents the most concerted effort among the academic community to advocate for passage of this bill.

The professor organizing the sign-on letter, Roberto G. Gonzales of the University of Washington, said "We believe that not only is passing the DREAM Act in the best interests of our country; it is the right thing to do. This nation has invested in the education of these young men and women. It is now time to reap the rewards. We see no good coming out of keeping them in a legal limbo that prohibits them from making contributions to our economy and society. Continued Congressional inaction will result in a growing underclass of de facto Americans. We still have a chance to do something good for these young people and our country."

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SOURCE Immigration Policy Center